Big Beat kicks off a projected series of 7-inch vinyl to excite even the most hardened collector of 60s garage rock. We’ve got a bevy of exciting two-siders in the pipeline, all showcasing killers that are either unavailable on vinyl or so rare you need a second mortgage to even think about owning them.
The first salvo includes an artefact that is not only one of the rarest singles of the 1960s, but the ultimate girl-garage nugget: ‘Boy, What’ll You Do Then’ by Denise. Denise Kaufman would later be a founder member of SF hippie mainstays Ace Of Cups, but in this ’66 stormer hell hath no fury as the Berkeley wild-child lets loose on her then beau (reputed to be future Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner). The handful of original copies that have turned up (selling for in excess of $8,000) all feature an earlier, weaker take. Our reissue utilises the hyper-rare second pressing mix – one known copy – which is far more powerful.
By Alec Palao